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 e& Signs Agreement for Securing $100 Million Green Loan


e& Signs Agreement for Securing $100 Million Green Loan

As part of a strategic move in line with its ambitious climate action commitments at COP28, e&, the UAE’s leading technology company, on Tuesday announced the signing of a sustainable loan of $100 million.

This demonstrates e&’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility and is an important step towards financing sustainable projects that have a positive, real-time impact on communities, the company said in a statement.

According to the statement, e& Sustainable Finance Framework supports environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy. It aims to catalyse change through the issuance of a range of sustainable finance instruments, including Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds/loans.

This initiative is aligned with industry best practice and standards, such as the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Green Bond Principles and enables responsible finance in driving climate transition in the technology sector.

Under the framework, e& secured a $100 million green loan to finance or refinance eligible sustainable development projects covering a range of areas in particular renewable energy, clean transport and energy efficiency.

The framework will facilitate future funding of additional projects concentrating on sustainable development, including sustainable water supply, waste management, green buildings and pollution prevention, in order to make a social impact.

 Landmark Moment

Hatem Dowidar, Group CEO, e&, said that following e&’s ambitious climate commitments at COP28 to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 in its own operations across all markets, the signing of the company’s first green loan is a landmark moment for the Group.

“It encapsulates our vision for integrating sustainability into our operations and financing strategies. With this financing, we are not only reinforcing our commitment to a zero-carbon future, but also driving sustainable innovation in the technology landscape across all our markets,” Dowidar added.

e& Sustainable Finance Framework has been assessed by Morningstar Sustainalytics, which asserts that e& Sustainable Finance Framework is credible, impactful and aligns with the Sustainability Bond Guidelines 2021, Green Bond Principles 2021, Social Bond Principles 2023, Green Loan Principles 2023, and Social Loan Principles 2023.

The finance framework goes beyond being a mere financial instrument by creating a strategic method for cultivating a sustainable future. This reflects the Group’s harmony with the UAE’s vision and worldwide endeavours to combat climate change, emphasising e&’s leadership in the technology sector towards a more sustainable and responsible path.

About e&

e& is one of the leading technology groups in the world. Boasting impressive financial figures for 2022, with consolidated net revenue reaching a staggering $14.27 billion and consolidated net profit surging to $2.72 billion, the Group’s impeccable credit ratings reflect its strong balance sheet and track record of sustained success. 

Founded in Abu Dhabi over 47 years ago, the Group has a rich legacy as the pioneer in telecommunications in the UAE. Today, its footprint spans 16 countries across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, making it a leading player in the industry.

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